Thursday, 21 June 2012

Cards for Men (Part II)

This card was inspired by the new Sportsmen Stamps by Stamp Addicts, this one being of a cricketer and my desire to use my full set of Distress Markers as soon as possible.

Firstly I used the swiss dots embossing folder and my cuttlebug to emboss my cream card and a Crop A Dile Corner Chomper to add the decorative corners.  The embossed dots were brought to the fore using Old Paper distress ink lightly buffed over it.

The second layer was a flourish embossing folder put through the cuttlebug on Kraft card and tinted using Tea Dye distress ink buffed over it and more corner chomping.

Finally the main image was created on watercolour paper for both texture and to enable me to blend the distress markers with water.  I stamped the character using Archival black ink as I would be using water and commenced colouring the image with a variety of the neutral distress shades (apologies I forgot to note the ones I used on this occassion but I believe it was Antique Linen, Old Paper, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo), white highlights were added using the Picket Fence Distress Marker which goes white upon application.  Finally again I used the decorage corner chomper and distressed the outside of the image using Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.

I am really impressed with the finished result of this card and hope you like it too.

Many thanks for taking the time to visit my blog

Em x

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Cards for Men (Part I)

Men's cards are generally far from easy to create for me as with most card makers however, with the new sports men stamps from Stamp Addicts they have answered a much needed prayer for me.  As you will see from this card, I have made for my father in law (a tad early as I then found out his birthday isnt until November lol!) I stamped the footballer image in memento black ink and coloured using an assortment of promarkers from my stash, I then added grass using distress markers in crushed olive and forest moss on a peg stamp from my craft room.

Once I had completed colouring the image I cur this out and embossed it using a spellbinder die and my cuttlebug.  Before removing the die I highlighted the image using tumbled glass distress ink (to keep with the Chelsea FC theme).

I traced the outside of the die on to navy cardstock and cut this out as the mat for my main image and stuck them together using double sided tape.

I then cut some green mats from card stock, the left hand panel I embossed on the cuttlebug with an embossing folder in circles, the three individual squares were cut out, embossed and shaped with a Crop A Dile Corner Punch.  The last green mat was stamped over using the grass stamp and a dot peg stamp using the forest moss and crushed olive distressed inks.

I then layered the card up as you see above using dimensional clear 3D tape for the middle blue mat and the right hand side of the character image.

To complete the card I used a round sentiment stamp with navy dye ink and created a rosette using silver ribbon.

I hope you like it.

Many thanks

Em x

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Craft Stamper July 2012 Inspiration (I)

Below are two cards that I have made inspired by the article "Stamping for New Homes" on page 66/67 of Craft Stamper July 2012 issue.  I am often inspired to create cards from the designers inspiration in this magazine and felt this particular article lent itself to the new Stamp Addicts "Dream House" stamp set.  As you will see the first card below was as close as possible to that displayed in the article however, I thought it would be nice to brighten it up using this springs distress inks from Tim Holtz.

This card was made by stamping the house image off to the right handside of the card blank in black versafine ink, I then proceeded to mask off an area of approximately 2" below the house which I swiped direct to paper with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, I then took the sentiment "Wishing you happiness in your new home" and stamped this randomly along the coloured panel using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and blasted it with a heat tool to dry this before going around the outside of the panel using cut and dry foam and the Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to tie it in together.  After removing the mask I then placed the sentiment and key image on to my rock a block and stamped this above the coloured panel as highlighted by the articles image again in black versafine.

I am pleased with the way this card has turned out and I am glad that by mixing the two new spring distress inks, I managed to get a green shade which infers the house is sitting on grass. 

This card was made by stamping the house image in full to the top left handside of a 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" card blank using Memento Rich Cocoa with the sentiment beneath, I then adjusted the original design and masked off a 1" area to the right of the card with Eclipse tape and scrap card before swiping the area 4 times with Wild Honey Distress Ink to get a darker and more intense colour base.  This was then spritzed using Tattered Angels Tiger Lily Glimmer Mist and left to dry before overstamping using Rusty Hinge and the Key image from the stamp set in rotation.  Once this was completed I again blended the outside area of the coloured block with Rusty Hinge.  Using my Distress Marker in Wild Honey I put a border around the white background of the house and sentiment.  Finally to complete this card I stamped the key hole and embossed with Sheena Douglas's Pepper Regular WOW powder and coloured this in using Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Markers, this was then applied on the centre of the coloured panel using clear 3D tape.

I hope you like both these cards and it gives you some inspiration to make some new home cards too.

I would love to see your comments.

Many thanks


Friday, 15 June 2012

Art Journalling (Part III)

So I thought you may like to see some of my Art Journalling that I have created (without the aid of a safety net) since finishing the Introductory Class.

The first page below was inspired initially by only being a one page layout (which I hoped would be less daunting).  This worked a treat, the base of the page was primed with a thin layer of gesso which was then left to air dry.  On returning back to the page I painted the pale teal shade of acrylic paint using loose brush strokes to the whole of the page and dried this using a heat tool.  Next I used a clear lip balm stick and applied this in horizontal strokes loosely over the whole background ensuring that I left some areas untouched.  I then applied a second coat of a green acrylic paint over the top of the page ensuring that I left both white space before again drying the paint with a heat tool thoroughly.  Once this had been done I could rub away the lip balm which revealed the vintage antiqued background ready for my inspiration.

I next used some magic mesh, washi tape and distress inked vintage lace to the page to add texture along with a tinted paper flower to match.

I stamped some text loosely on to the background and the inspiration word "DREAM".

Finally to complete the page I dried out a baby wipe which I then colour tinted using Tim Holt distress inks in peacock feathers and crushed olive, this was then overstamped using Archival black ink using the girl image and the highlight was added using the picket fence distress marker.  I then cut around the image to remove the excess baby wipe and adhered this to the card using red tape.

This page was inspired by an amazing lady who posts on You Tube from Canada called Journal Artista and I thoroughly recommend you check out her videos if yo are keen to do Art Journalling, I can assure you that the bug once bitten will only enrich your other crafting and not detract from what projects you already have on the go.

This page was primed with white gesso and then coloured using Adirondack alcohol inks in purple and pink shades.  I have a confession that when I initially done this even using Alcohol Blending Solution it was extremely garrish so I brought it down using light random strokes of gesso.  Once I had the initial background I then began to move forward using the text stamp in black memento ink with the graphite shadow effect around it and using gesso with sequin waste to get the circular effect.  Next I used a swirl stamp which came free with an issue of Craft Stamper magazine and stamped this randomly using Versafine ink and then went over these images with Pan Pastel in Violet Tint.  I stamped the keys using a purple dye based ink pad randomly on the page and the pen knibs using Encore Silver ink.

I stamped the inspiration "The Pen is Mightier" using a dye based ink pad and alphabet stamps. Stamped the pocket watches and wings (which were outlined with fine liner for definition).

Finally for texture I applied strips of red strong tape to the page and adhered Stampendous Pearlised Mica Fragments to the page  and a tinted and glitter sprayed button from Basically Bare with a purple ribbon bow.  Lastly I adhered small dotted patches of heather flowersoft to the page for more texture and it was complete.

I hope you like the pages I have shown you today.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

Em x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Art Journalling (Part II)

Continuing on from Monday's post I thought you would like to see the rest of my Art Journalling pages that I did on my introduction course with Lesley at Stamp Addicts.

The above page was inspired by the fact that the great british weather on the day of attendance was one minute glorious sunshine and the next minute heavy rain.  This brought to my mind some more song lyrics (a big influence on my mood and life always) "Sunshine of a Rainy Day" so there was my initial inspiration.  This time the background again gesso'd in white was painted using red, yellow and orange Neocolour II water soluble crayons (all materials again supplied at the class) and mixed together again using a wet paintbrush.  I next selected a stunning sunflower napkin (which I seperated from the plain base layer) and adhered this to the bottom of the left hand page using matte gel medium, to complete the texture on this side of the page I selected and glued on a piece of weaved string ribbon and the stamped title using red dye based ink. 

On the right hand side of the page I spritzed some red dylusion inks to the bottom left and top right of the page and blotted this using kitchen towel I then stamped the harlequin design to the bottom right hand side using Spiced Marmelade Distress Ink and the Tim Holtz Man with an Umbrella on the bottom left in brown dye based ink.  At the top right I used a template of rainfall and went through this using embossing paste, once this had dried (with the aid of a heat gun) I then went over this with Inca Gold Wax in a copper shade to tie this in with the rest of the page and finally to complete it I added a quote "The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain"

This was my final creation of the day, unfortunately I was unable to complete it until I got home as I just ran out of time and colouring in the intricate pattern around the border using Distress Markers took a couple of hours.  I did however, manage to place the background down, this time on an ungesso'd page using the marvelous medium of Pan Pastels in a pastel yellow and blue mixed into each other across both pages.  I then stamped the big poppy stamp using versamark in the two corners and went over these using a soffit application tool and the red pan pastel which pulled the image to life.  To make this pop I went around the outside of both poppies using a graphite pencil using light pressure and blended it out to make a shadow using a damp paint brush.  I stamped the inspirational word "Remember" in black on the right hand page as I wanted to associate the poppies with rememberance and to acknowledge the loss of my Nan who I was extremely close to and is always in my mind and heart.  The second inspirational sentiment reminded me of what my Nan always inspired me to achieve and this I stamped in Red Dye Ink and again made pop using the graphite shadow method.

Finally on my return home to complete the page I added some personal journalling about my feelings for my Nan, some black Rox for texture in the centre of the poppies and some red dimensional tiles.

Again I hope you like these two pages and that they inspire you to give Art Journalling a go.  There are some amazing You Tube videos to help you get started and as you can see from day 1 it can be adapted to be whatever you want it to be based on your thoughts and feelings at the time.

Many thanks for your time

Em x

Monday, 11 June 2012

Art Journalling (Part I)

Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog, work has been extremely busy of late and unfortunately I have not had as much spare time as I would off liked especially with the introduction of a small chihuahua puppy Drogo to our family.

I was however fortunate enough to attend an Art Journalling class at my nearby craft store Stamp Addicts with the amazingly talented Lesley.  This was something that I have seen being done in Craft Stamper magazine but was always a little too afraid to dip my toe in the pool as I thought it might be too hard and require an artistic ability I did not think I had.

As I find scrapbooking a large and daunting arena, I thought that as a starting point Art Journalling may bridge the gap and as an avid diary keeper in my teenage years return to me a means of keeping those memories I hold dear in paper form.

I would like to assure you all now if I am able to do this and take on board its techniques (which can incorporate a lot of your crafty stash) then I am sure you will all get as much enjoyment out of it as I have my new hobby.

I have attached below a couple of pages which I did on my first course with Lesley:-

This was my first page and I am extremely proud of it, the background was initially coated in a thin layer of gesso using an old voucher card, once this had dried I then spritzed the background using an assortment of teal, purple and pink dylusion sprays (supplied at the group) and blotted this layer dry using a kitchen towel.  I then selected a floral template and painted through this using Golden acrylic paints (supplied at the group) in both the top left and bottom right corners.  Using some popping packaging I painted on this using white paint and placed this across the bottom left and top right corners.  Using white embossing paste I went through a template on the bottom left hand page and top right hand page.  To complete this first journal page I used pink striped washi tape in the centre top left and bottom right to add further dimension an stamped both the butterfly and inspirational words using a black ink pad.

For my next page I again primed using white gesso in a thin layer, this time however the base colours used were a yellow Faber Castell Gelato which I scribbled on to both pages mixing it with some scribbles of Red Gelato and mixing them across the page using a damp paint brush creating the background.  I then spritzed using Red Dylusion inks to add some movement to the pages.  Using some sequin waste I went through the waste using Red Inca Gold on the right hand page (again all materials supplied with the class) and then placed the reverse impression on the top left hand page.  At this point butterflies were still prevelant in my mind and the lyrics to Dolly Parton's "Love's like a Butterfly" were going through my head, this inspired me to use some sketchbook tissue tape tinted using Orange Gelato and die cut corregated metallic hearts for texture on the page along with a grungeboard butterfly tinted using Distress Inks and the stunning stamped image of the dress makers mannequin with birds using a brown ink.  To complete the page I handwrote some of the song lyrics on to page.

I shall upload further pages over the next few days and would love to hear your thoughts and comments on my new endeavour.

Many thanks for looking

Friday, 20 April 2012

Lilac A6 House Mouse Card

There appears to be a growing trend for the larger format cards, A4 and 8x8 and although I am also a lover of the larger format cards for special occassions and just when the fancy takes me.  I felt it necessary to go back somewhat to my cardmaking roots and start to reintroduce the smaller format cards A6 as this appears to be a much overlooked card size at the moment, so although I am not mocking the current trends I didnt think it would hurt to downsize and see where it took me.

This is my first endeavour and contains a lovely pale lilac card stock used in a landscape format.  This was stamped over using a small peg floral stamp and mouse foot print before distressed using milled lavender and dusty concord around the edge of the cardstock.

Secondly I created my own backing paper inspired by a recent Sheena Douglas demonstration where I applied splodges (technical term) of milled lavender and dusty concord on to my craft sheet, I then shook up my chosen shimmer mist in Angel Mist from Cosmic Shimmer and spritzed the craft sheet before placing my paper face down on to the inks.  This created a lovely piece of mottled backing paper to coordinate with my card stock and image.  This was then cut to size using deckle edged scissors and placed to the left hand side of the card.

The next layer was a dark lilac centura pearl card again cut down to size and matted on to the card with a deckle edge.

Finally the House Mouse topper, this comes from the Allsorts Weight Lifting stamp sheet.  As with most of my house mice they were coloured in using sandstone and blush however, for the baby on this occassion I used putty and blush so there was a slight difference.

The cup was coloured using the following promarker colours of lavender, orchid and plum.  The shadows were accentuated using warm grey 1 and two on both the images and for the shadow beneath the cup and bottle.

The water was coloured using the following promarkers cool aqua and duck egg blue with a small amount of denim blue for the waters movement and some waterfall stickles to highlight the light on the water.  The waterfall stickles were also applied to some of the bubbles which were also highlighted in cool aqua.  The bottle was coloured in cool aqua, warm grey 1 and daffodil bloom (from the spring set) for the label.  The bottle cap was left white with warm grey 1 and 2 added dimension and shadow to the cap. 

The topper was then cut using a spellbinder dye with a rectangular deckle edge and placed on to the other matts on the card.

To complete the card, I then made a bow out of the purple shades of twine from the vintage and pastel sets from creative expressions and adhered this to the card with pin flair glue gel.  Finally to complete it I threaded a lilac button using two shades of lilac/purple thread and placed this at the centre of the bow, all from my crafty stash.

I hope you like this card.


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Happy Birthday Love Bug

I have recently attended a Spring Cardmaking Class at Stamp Addicts in Bedford near where I live, they are a constant source of inspiration and their unmounted stamp range offers a wide selection of materials to drawn your inspiration.

This card was inspired from their Love Bug unmounted stamp sheet which contains these adorable love bug/bumble bee characters which I feel cover a variety of occassions, in this particular instance a birthday card.

I found some amazing red card stock and decided to do this card in white, red and silver.  The card was a A5 white card with its corners rounded using my crop-a-dile, I then placed a matt of red card stock, matt silver dotted cardstock as the base of the card.

I then cut a piece of white card stock to fit beneath the Marianne Designs Designable 908 which I had cut and embossed using my cuttlebug in the red cardstock and cut out the central panel.  I marked the central panel on to the white card stock with a pencil to enable me to stamp the sentiment before placing this and the red designable panel on to the card.

I then stamped the love bug holding the flowers twic using memento black ink as I then coloured the first image in full using a pale pink flex marker in pale blossom using the bullet tip to create a shadow of the image.  This took three coats to get the right colour I wanted for the shadow.  This was then cut close to the image with the antennae removed.  The antennae were then added using silver glitter wire from papermania and adhered to the base image with double sided tape.  This image was then added to the card in the bottom right hand corner using pin flair glue gel for dimension.

The second and top image was coloured with the hand and face in satin and blush, the foliage for the flowers was meadow green (from the spring set) and the remainder of the bug was coloured using antique pink, cerise and magenta with the stipes accentuated using black fine tip promarker.  At the centre of the flowers I used some perfect pearls to add definition and dimension then I cut around the love bug leaving a small border and removing the antennae.  Once cut out the characters white edge was removed using the pale pink flex marker and then adhered over the shadow image using pin flair glue gel for three dimensionality.

Finally to complete the image, I added three flowers in a similar shade of red and accented their centres using silver circle accents from my crafty stash.

I hope you like the card.


Monday, 16 April 2012

Your Just the Sweetest

Apologies its been so long posting on my blog, I have unfortunately been unwell and also on my return back to work so busy I have not been able to card make or blog as much as I would have liked.

To make amends I have posted above my first card made using Kraft card, I have completely fallen in love with this card stock and you will see a recurring theme in this nature I am sure over the next few months as I get back in to the swing of things.

The card shown above is made using some stunning peach glitter card stock I had in my crafty stash which I felt went extremely well with the kraft card and also the wonderful House Mouse rubber stamp from Joanna Sheen which was coloured using promarkers (sandstone and blush) for the mice and the new spring colours (fresh meadow, budding rose and daffodil bloom for the floral element), I then cut the image out using a current favourite from my spellbinders dyes (fleur des lyes rectangle) which I then shaded using a light application of worn lipstick distress ink, I finally accented my topper with some stunning copper kaisercraft pears and large peach Kort & Godt flowers again from Joanna Sheen.

I hope you like this card and look forward to shoring you some further cards as the week progresses.

Many thanks for looking.


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Come Fly With Me

I as with many crafters often struggle when making cards for my husband and male family members.  Thankfully the CD Rom called the Nostalgia Collection by Kevin Walsh and packaged by Joanna Sheen has become a godsend in all things mens cards.

This year Pops was so keen to have me make him a handmade card rather than a bought one that he went out and bought a steam train die cut image for me to make his card with.  This is not a train I hear you say, no but I wanted to surprise him with this card for his birthday and shall use the decoupage at a later date.

The inspiration for this card was all down to my Pops love of airplanes from WWI and WWII plus his time in the RAF working as an electrician on Lightnings before my brother and I came into this world.  With this in mind I adored this image and decided it would make a phenominal card for Pops and a complete surprise from what he is expecting.

This is an A4 Card used Landscape and has three basic initial matts in silver dotty cardstock, glitter navy card and the sky backing paper from the CD Rom.

The next matt layer consisted of an A5 glitter navy matt with two smaller rectangular panels added in the silver and sky papers to add a depth to the card and draw the eye to the central image.  This was adhered to the card using pinflair glue gel to add height and dimension. and a sentiment label was added beneath this.

Finally the image matt consisted of a glitter navy then silver background to which the image of the plane was mounted (printed on a gloss photo paper) and finally the two smaller image pictures were cut out using a 2" punch and mounted on a small matt of silver dotted card before adhering to the top and bottom corners of the main image using pin flair glue gel again for dimension.

I struggled with getting a suitable insert for some of my A4 cards in the past however, on this occassion I used the cloud background sheet again, this time maintaining the small plane in the bottom right hand corner and ran this through my printer again using my verse writer software.  This finalised the card superbly and gave me the handmade but professional finish that I sought.

I hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it, please feel free to leave me your thoughts.


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Digital Image Card

This is a beautiful digital image from Cuddly Buddly which I have printed on to high quality supersmooth paper and left to dry before colouring it in using my promarker pens, this stunning image was then placed on to a antique gold marble effect paper and then on to an olive piece of coordinations card stock distressed using a sander.

I then placed my sentiment in a matching green ink beneath the image and a border using more coordinations card cut into a 1" strip and run through a paper punch.  I then used a gold organza ribbon to accentuate the border.

I hope you and the design team of The Paper Shelter like this card as it is my application to join their design team.

Many thanks


Seaside & Button themed Crafting Challenges

Well the nights have been dark early so I have taken the opportunity to start prepapring cards for the forthcoming year.

Christmas cards are made and behind us and although the day itself is two sleeps away, what better time than now to take some time for family, friends and of course ourselves.

So as an early start to my New Years resolution to take part in more Blog challenges, I have my second blog challenge entry below for Cupcake Crafting based on their sketch.

This was created on a navy blue A5 card blank from Craft Creations and I rounded the two right hand edges with a Cropodile Corner Chomper.  The base backing paper comes from Faye Whittakers CD Rom available from Joanna Sheen and was distressed around the edges with Stormy Sky Distress Ink, I then punched the base of the panel with a ribbon punch and threaded the naughtical silk ribbon through.  The knot was tied and added seperately.  This panel was then applied to the right hand side of the card.

I then affixed the sentiment on to a small amount of card and added to the top right slightly over hanging the panel using glue gel.  I then made the main image matt, this took the Faye Whittaker Decoupage Image and mounted it on a base matt of Navy and then a subsequent matt of glitter red.  I added this to the card front using glue gel and once dried applied the further decoupage layers.

As a final finishing touch I then found the flip flops in my crafty stash and appied these to the bottom of the card for effect.

I hope you like this card, and thank you for taking the time to look at this creation.

Blogs Entered:-
Cupcake Crafting Challenge
Crafty Sentiments Designs
The CD Sunday Challenge
Catered Crop Challenge

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Craft Stamper (Feb Issue) Second Valentines Inspired Card

So on reading all my craft stamper magazine (february issue) from cover to cover in one sitting in the wee small hours of the night when I could not sleep.  I decided that I would continue to make a further card using the inspiration from the Designer's Palette segment.

This is one of my favourite areas of the magazing as it inspires you to use colourings and combinations you wouldn't necessarily try, this week was based on the vintage reds, browns and beiges.  As you will see the shape of the card is also a little unusual and again this was inspired by the articles contents.

First of all I decided to go for a DL Card as I have lots in my crafty stash and fancied a change from A5 and 8x8 cards.  I then started on the main focal point of the card to do this I tinted the base of the card using Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink for that vintage feel, followed by a deeper layer of Frayed Burlap.  Once this had been dried with my heat tool, I then covered this area using sticky notes to cover this area and I then sprayed the top area of the card with a mixture of Cosmic Shimmer Angel Mist and a few random drops of Tattered Angels Candy Apple Red which I then blotted to take away any excess ink.

Next I removed the sticky notes and used the words from a Stamp Addicts plate in Frayed Burlap across the base of the card starting with overstamping of the coloured bottom areas and going into the sprayed section.  To complete the focal point I lastly took the free heart stamp from the magazing and stamped this in Barn Door to the top centre area and filled in using a waterbrush filled with cosmic shimmer powder to add an irridescents as with the earlier card.

I now applied this on to a larger deep red card matt before layering again on a larger wood effect brown card using 1mm foam tape.  To complete the topper, I used a charm and ribbon left over from a famous brand of chocolate and secured this to the card using extra strong tape to the front and rear of the topper.

Finally I then adhered the completed topper to the card using Pin Flair Glue Gel to enable some further dimension.

I would appreciate any comments or feedback you may have on my cards.

Many thanks

Craft Stamper February Issue - Designer's Palette Inspiration

This card was inspired from an article in this February's Craft Stamper, I did not have the necessary colours suggested so I did my own colour interpretations using the following distress inks from Tim Holz:-

Spun Sugar (for the bottom line of the card)

Frayed Burlap (for the top line of the card and second stamped using Judikins vine stamp on the bottom line)

Barn Door (for the sentiment, heart and butterflies)

The borders were drawn in with a ruler and the Red Gold Metallic Promarker. 

The central panel used the stamp of a heart that came free with the magazine which was stamped in Barn Door and filled in using a watercolour brush filled with gold cosmic shimmer to add irridescents. 

I then stamped the butterflies and dragon fly using two layers of ink in Barn Door and Freyed Burlap, before the ink dried I then used a damp paint brush to fill in areas of the butterflies and dragon fly to accentuate them. 

To complete this card I then stamped the sentiment which came from a Crafters Companion Popcorn Stamp Set in Barn Door and adhered three pink pearls to the brown line and three brown pearls to the pink line for definition and texture.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

What a great way to start the year - Josephine Wall Decoupage

This is a large 8x8 square card that I used a We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper on, I then placed a pale peach matt on to the card again with a scallop edge to it. 

I then made two seperate panels the first panel to the back and right of the card consisted of a burnt orange cardstock run through my cuttlebug with a circular embossing folder, I then sanded down the embossed image to distress the image and display the paler peach core within the cardstock.  This was then matted on to a piece of lime green cardstock and put to one side, I then added the sentiment which was also mounted on the burnt orange and lime cardstock on the top centre of this panel. 

The second panel is the one to the bottom left of the card, this was compiled off the base Josephine Wall decoupage image (available from Joanna Sheen) on a matt of burnt orange cardstock and then the coordinating lime green cardstock. 

I then used my cuttlebug to cut out the flowers and swirl using marianne designs and the offcuts of the coordinating card stock.  As you can see I placed one swirl going to the bottom right of the card and a further swirl going to the left of the embossed panel which I adhered before placing the first panel on top using glue gel.  I placed the second panel on to card using glue gel and then completed the decoupage image, with the final hummingbird fairy and butterfly layer being given some glitz from spray and shine. 

I then placed all the die cut flowers on the card using glue gel for dimension and to secure the cream pearl centres.  Finally to balance the card I added three pearl accents to the bottom left hand corner.